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A Huge Welcome Back to Iford Arts 'New Generation Artists' Alumni Fiona Finsbury & Dan D'Souza

A Huge Welcome Back to Iford Arts 'New Generation Artists' Alumni Fiona Finsbury & Dan D'Souza

We are delighted to be welcoming back alumni of our New Generation Artists - soprano Fiona Finsbury and Baritone Dan D’Souza.

Irish-British soprano Fiona Finsbury trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and The Royal Northern College of Music with recent roles including Mother in Lambs at The Royal Opera House, Engender Festival and Miranda in The Dancing Master at Buxton International Festival.

Fiona in L'elisir d'amore in 2019

Fiona was a resident of our new generation artist programme in 2019 and performed in L’elisir d’amore at Belcombe Court. Set in the round within a small and intimate setting it required huge commitment from Fiona and her fellow artists. During her time as an IANGA Fiona participated in a 2-day workshop with Morag McLaran accompanied and supported by Oliver Gooch at Cooper Hall in Frome. The workshops are well-loved by our new generation artists as they offer a safe environment in which they explore their voice and dramatic creativity and also to get to know each other and the Iford Arts team prior to performance weeks.

When reflecting on her time at Cooper Hall Fiona said "I had a fantastic experience; one of the highlights for me was a residency with the brilliant Morag Mclaren. I fell in love with the role of Nedda when I heard Elin Pritchard singing it in 2020, and I’m absolutely thrilled to be performing the role in the Young Artists performance of Pagliacci this year.”

Prior to lockdown she was rehearsing the role of Euridice for the world premiere of Nmon Ford’s Orfeus at The Young Vic and has spent lockdown learning operatic roles including The Governess, Tatyana and Elle (La Voix Humaine). In August she will sing The Witch in Hansel and Gretel at Opera Holland Park for British Youth Opera, and in October she will sing Mavie in the world premiere of The 47th Saturday at Wexford Festival Opera.

Dan is also Irish British and was educated at Tiffin Boys School, the University of Cambridge, and the Royal College of Music. He recently graduated from the Royal Academy Opera where he held the the 'John Talbot Collender Award’. He studied with Raymond Connell and Jonathan Papp, and was supported by the Josephine Baker Trust.

Dan was a 'New Generation Artist' resident at our programme in 2016 and performed in A Fairy Queen. In review special mention was given to Dan’s wonderful openness and bravery with staging and his energy both on stage and in the rehearsal room.

This season Dan takes on the role of Silvio in Pagliacci performed at Belcombe Cout on Sunday 29th August. I caught up with him recently to find out how he had been coping with the lockdown. Very well it seems! Despite the grand total of 8 cancelled contracts, Dan has kept active during the pandemic - graduating from the Royal Academy Opera, looking after his 3yo American Bulldog ‘Cally’, and was also promoted to Vice-captain of his football team, the Weavers Field Wanderers! He’s very excited about returning to the beautiful setting of Bradford on Avon and the surrounding area and in particular lunch at the ‘Bunch of Grapes’ (Dan won’t be short of lunch fellows – I have no doubt!).

After performing with us at Belcombe Court Dan is looking forward to playing Schaunard in a touring production of La Bohème for Mid-Wales Opera.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming both Fiona and Dan back into the IANGA fold and we know that you are going to enjoy experiencing them perform Pagliacci in the spectacular setting of Belcombe Court.

New Generation Artists Pagliacci

£29.00 under cover

£18-£22 not covered

Performance 2.30pm, running time approx. 1hr 20mins

Gates will open 45 minutes before the start time to allow time to enjoy the gardens before the performance. Please note: there is no picnicking at this event.

Under 18s go free enquire at Box Office

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